Monday, 15 October 2012

Author interview with Courtney Allison Moulton and Giveaway of a SIGNED copy of Angelfire (Fall Into Fantasy Hop)

I'm sure many of you have heard or read the Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton. This story starring Ellie as the main character begins with Angelfire (Angelfire #1), followed by Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2) and the third book Shadows in the Silence which will come out in January next year! I have read both book 1 and 2 a while ago, but I have yet to post both of my reviews up (yeah, I'm being lazy, sorry!). But today, I'm so happy to invite author Courtney Allison Moulton here to do an author interview and to tell us a tiny bit about the upcoming book. She is also very generous and has donated a SIGNED paperback of Angelfire (Angelfire #1) as a giveaway. Courtney has whispered to me that at the back of this book, there is also an extract in Will's P-O-V! Exciting :D This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (Yay!) and is also a part of the Fall into Fantasy Hop. Thank you so much for coming in Courtney, and also for the giveaway! 






Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, studying dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. ANGELFIRE is her debut novel.











1. What is your favourite month of the year? (Is there a reason why?)

I love October, because I love watching the leaves turn colors and of course HALLOWEEN!!

2. If there's one place in the world you could choose to live in, where would it be and why?

I’d really like to live in Michigan my whole life. The summers are perfect and the winters aren’t too terrible… There are lots of places I’d like to stay at for a few weeks at a time, but none of them would be home like Michigan is. I could live part-time in New York City, Texas, Italy, Greece, Egypt, England… I wish I had a million lives so I could live everywhere I ever wanted to live.

3. What is important in a good Young Adult main female character/heroine for you? What qualities do you look for or think is important for a good and strong YA female character? (And also what qualities do you always include in the construction of your own YA central characters?)

The most important component in writing a good heroine is realism. In the attempt to create a strong heroine, a writer includes confidence, courage, and possibly special powers. They often forget that a character, like any real person, needs a balance to their ideals and flaws. Without flaws, she will come off as pompous or even a bully. In order to balance the ideals with flaws, writers will add traits such as clumsiness, or she doesn’t like some physical aspect of herself like her hair or her nose is too big, or she doesn’t think boys like her, ect. These things can come off as “cutesy” without a writer realizing and that’s where readers interpret a heroine as a Mary-Sue.

The balance between ideals and flaws is my first task when creating a heroine. For example, Ellie of the Angelfire series has amazing powers and she’s confident and brave—but not all the time. Just like real people, she can doubt herself and she can be afraid of scary things. My second task during character creation is planning her growth arc, which ties in with balancing her ideals and flaws. At the beginning of Angelfire, Ellie has forgotten who she is (the archangel Gabriel with a human body and soul) and she has no idea about her past or her destiny. She’s afraid of the reapers and she’s afraid of Will (her Guardian) because of what he can do and of his role in her destiny. Any normal person would be confused and terrified at first. But the key here is she grows. She comes into her own at a steady pace, though sometimes becoming resistant to her mission and longing for a normal life again, and during the entire trilogy Ellie is on her own growth journey. Where would the story be if right away she became this infallible warrior? A story has plot, but it also needs a demonstrable character journey. That’s how you create a strong, realistic heroine with depth.

4. Does Ellie resemble you in any way or can relate to you in any way? If so, how? Do any of the other characters in your books reflect or resemble you?

I think there may be small pieces of myself and people I’ve met in all of my characters. They’re all little Frankenstein monsters. Ellie has my girly side, we both love Cold Stone, and while neither of us always makes the right decision, Ellie tries hard to do the right thing like I do. Over the course of the Angelfire trilogy, Ellie grows up so much and I feel like I grew up with her while writing these books over the past few years in my early twenties. I feel so close to her and it’s been hard to let go of her story now that it’s finished.

5. Where/how did you get this idea of writing a story involving Angel/Angelblooded Demon Hunters? And the idea of Angelic and Demonic Reapers?

I’m asked this question so often and I always have a different answer, because there are so many answers. The truth is ideas just come to you. You spend your entire life learning, becoming curious, and asking questions, and I think a lot of story ideas come from asking “What if?” That’s how a high concept premise is created. I grew up in a Catholic/Protestant home and became vastly curious about culture, religion, and mythology at a very early age. The concept of good vs evil and heaven vs hell were themes that shaped my adolescence. One day I wondered, “What if an angel was human?” I wondered why and what she’d be doing on Earth. The answer seemed obvious: fighting evil. I wanted to create my own monsters to replace the typically seen demons in a heaven vs hell story, so I reinvented the myth of the reaper. My mortal angel battles against the demonic reapers, who kill and eat humans to send their souls to hell, and she’s helped by the angelic reapers, who have sworn to protect human souls. That became the basic premise for Angelfire and that premise only had me asking more questions to fuel my ideas. What would an angel with a human soul be like? How would that affect her? How are the warrior-like angelic reapers organized? Do they just fight the demonic, or do they also protect? What if one angelic reaper protected the mortal angel? What if he fell in love with her? Ideas grow from questions, just as trees grow from seeds. The more you read and learn and discover this world, the more questions you have and the more ideas you will have. So if you want to write a book, first ask a question.

6. If you can spend either a day in Paris or a day in Rome, which one would you choose and why?

Rome, absolutely without a doubt. I’m a huge history nerd and the Roman Empire has always been one of my favorite civilizations to study. I’m pretty sure if I ever saw the Coliseum in person, I would cry.

7. What is your favourite hobby? (Apart from horse riding? XP)

There are things to do other than horseback ride? *commence panic* Well, I really love playing The Sims and it’s my favorite way to procrastinate. I also love photography so much, but now that I’m a full-time author, that is more of a hobby.

8. If one character from any book can come alive, who would you want to come alive and why? (Which book he/she is from?)

I’m totally in love with Balthazar from Claudia Gray’s Evernight series. I wouldn’t want vampires to be real, but just this one would be okay. Actually it would be seriously stupendously gorgeously okay.

9. What is your all-time favourite book (and why)? What about movie?

I’m one of those people who have a million favorites because I can’t decide. But if there is one book that I’ve re-read countless times, it would be Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams. It’s a fantasy about cats who live in our world but have this unending mythology that is so intricate and evocative. The story just devours me no matter how many times I’ve read it since childhood. I have the same “can’t decide” problem with movies too. One of the movies closest to my heart is Tombstone. I’ll watch it over and over and over again, and I can recite the script by heart. My dad and grandpa are obsessed with cowboys and the Old West, and by watching with them all of the John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies ever made, I could relate to them and we had a love in common. Tombstone is a mutual favorite, besides True Grit. Even now, every time I visit my grandfather, we watch Tombstone and say all the lines out loud.

10. What is your favourite mythological tale?

I was always partial to stories of Aganippe, the winged black mare worshipped by Greek cults who punishes people by sending them nightmares. Greek mythology is one of my least favorite mythologies, mostly because of the sexual violence, but I think the idea of Aganippe is really cool.

11. How far are you from finishing Shadows in the Silence? Is there even one tiny little hint you could drop us about the story? XD

Shadows in the Silence is totally done on my end. Now I just sit back, work on my new series, and wait for the publication date (January 29!!!). The plot is pretty much under lockdown, considering the insane ending of Wings of the Wicked, but I will say this: Prepare to laugh, cry, and grip your seat tight because it’s one heck of a ride. I got to play with my love of history and archaeology, so Shadows is quite the globe-trotting adventure! The prequel novella A Dance with Darkness (January 2) is a must-read companion and tells the origin stories of how Will’s parents, Madeleine and Bastian, got together and of Cadan and Nathaniel and how their lives intertwined six hundred years ago. It’s very dark, very sexy, and more adult than my other books.

So now, onto the giveaway! I'm giving away a Signed paperback copy of Angelfire (Angelfire #1) donated by Courtney. Remember, it includes an exclusive story in Will's P-O-V! This giveaway is also part of the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Dorine from The Write Path. To hop to other blogs in this hop, find the list here. This giveaway is international, so anyone can enter! The winner must reply within 48 hours after I've contacted him/her, otherwise a new winner will be selected. I do retain the right to disqualify any entries that are unfit. Anyway, other than that, GOOD LUCK! 

Angelfire (Angelfire #1)


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49 comments:

  1. I love that it has mystery, action, and of course angels!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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    1. True true! I love the figthing :) By the way, you have an awesome blog! I love your header :D

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  2. I've not read it but I really want to now that I've read your post and interview :)

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  3. I haven't read it but I've heard so many great reviews about this and it intrigues me.. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  4. Nope I haven't read it.But I'd love to coz the cover looks pretty awesome & it sounds kick-ass! :)

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  5. haven't read it but i would love too...wish i win this giveaway :)
    thx u ...

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  6. I'd like to read Angelfire, because I like reading about angels!

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  7. I haven't read Angel Fire!! Why? Do you really have to ask? Thant cover is on fire lol!! The cover is pretty amazing and I've heard great things about it also!

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  8. I haven't read this book yet, but I'd really like to. It seems awesome!

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  9. Haven't read it yet but would love to.

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  10. I haven't read this one yet but it looks good! Looks like a strong female character which is great!

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  11. I haven't read it but I love the cover and the synopsis sounds great too.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :]

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  12. I have not read it yet, but it sounds really good. Thank you for the chance to win it! (=

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  13. I haven't read it, i interest because of the story has angel and action in it

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  14. hellooooo Ang ^_^ I haven't read it but you keep asking me if I have so I might as well try :3

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    1. Haha, hey Pen!!! :) Good luck to you :) Seems like the only people who have read it is Jess, Shirley and me XP Good luck!

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  15. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover, afterwords the fact the the story is my kind of reading. Yes, I haven't read it yet, but I would love to.

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  16. I am not familar with this book but love reading bookswith kick-ass heroine!

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  17. i haven't read it yet in fact it was my gift for my birthday ( after so many good review i wanted it) but the package was stolen so no gift and no angelfire, winning a signed copy would be really great now


    thank you a lot

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    1. Aww, that sucks! I hope you still got other good books for your birthday. You're welcome and good luck! :)

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  18. I haven't read Angelfire yet but I really want to read it because I'm an angel-book fan. I'm fascinated as to what this one differ from the other angel books. Thanks for the chance! :)

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  19. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    This looks like an awesome series:)haven't yet begun it, but the mythology seems so unique:)

    Thank you:)

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  20. I haven't read it yet but its on my TBR list. It sounds very interesting an it's about angels, do I need anything more?? :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. I LOVED this book!! It was so original! XD
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Yay! Someone who has read it :) I really liked it too! You're welcome and good luck!

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  22. I haven't yet but I've heard good things & I don't think I can pass it up :)

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  23. I haven't read Angelfire yet, but it sounds great! Thank you for giving away a copy!

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  24. I haven't read it yet but it looks superb. The Cover is awesome too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I haven't read it yet, but it's been on my wishlist forever! It sounds like something I would really love. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. i haven't read the book yet, but sounds great :)

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  27. I haven't read it yet, but have read lots of good reviews besides this one!

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  28. Oops mess up first entry but I am a GFC follow as A'lina.

    Haven't read it yet but it sounds awesome and this sounds like it'll have good action so I can't wait. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I'd love to read the book because Ellie sounds like a great character!

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  30. I haven't read it yet but after reading so many good reviews I've wanted to read it, plus I love a good angel book :)

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  31. no i haven't read it but would love to

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  32. I love angel stories so I would love to check this book out.

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  33. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my TBR list

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  34. I have not read it yet, but it sounds really good so it's on my TBR list now!

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  35. I haven't read it yet, but I have heard so many good things about it that I want to.

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  36. No, I haven't read it but i would love too. I am curious about story and i like the cover book :)
    Thanks for giveaway.

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  37. I have read the book. What i loved about the book? First, Ellie's butt kicking ways and second, Will's gorgeous green eyes.

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    1. Ah I totally agree!!! I'm jealous of whoever wins because of the extract from Will's POV at the end of this signed copy Haha~ *sigh* I would love to see what he really thinks :D

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  38. I've not read it but I really want to! :D

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  39. I have not read Angelfire yet but it looks great! I like books about angels and Elle sounds like a wonderful character - very realistic! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

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  40. Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A SIGNED Copy
    Of Angelfire By Courtney Allison Moulton.
    In Response To Your Question Of Have you read Angelfire?
    No I Haven't Read This Book But I Would Like Too.
    I Enjoying Reading And I Like Fantasy Books.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  41. I haven't read it, but I'm dying too!! Thanks for the chance.

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  42. I have not yet read Angelfire, but would love to.

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